17th Byzantine Orthodox Silver and Carved Wood Cross


Post-Byzantine Orthodox carved cedar wood cross, Mount Athos, 17th century.

The cross has two faces: one representing an archaic crucified Christ with stiff legs at whose feet is the skull of Adam; on Christ’s side we can see the profile of the Virgin; one representing the baptism of Christ with Saint John and the dove of the Holy Spirit.
Post-Byzantine crosses are rare on the market, often kept in museums. These are small crosses carved in olive wood, cedar or boxwood representing scenes from the life of Christ.
Born as pectoral crosses, they were later incorporated into objects for liturgical use: in our case, it was transformed into a blessing cross in the 19th century, inserting it into a solid silver and silver-plated structure (the structure is in silver-plated metal, the leaf decoration is in solid silver).
This cross has been the subject of deep devotion, the sculpted figures are worn by continuous friction.

Wooden cross cm 7 x 4.5
Cross of blessing cm 21 x 10

1200 in stock


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